When He Wanted A Rolex For The NFL Draft, His Mom Told Him He Was Still An 'Unemployed College Dropout'

Way to go, Mom!

Before cornerback Eli Apple was drafted by the New York Giants as the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft, he was an "unemployed college dropout," according to his mom, Annie.


Therefore, when he was preparing his attire for the draft in Chicago, his mom made him turn down a Rolex and diamonds that were offered to him.

While he did get to wear a Tom Ford suit, she told him, as recounted in her Sports Illustrated article, "Dude, you're an unemployed college dropout. You will not be on TV with a Rolex." 

Instead, she said she bought him a portable charger so he could check the time on his phone.

Even though he didn't get to wear a Rolex for draft day, he can probably now afford his own once he signs his contract.

According to Forbes, a number of factors — including the $1 billion Rookie Compensation Pool, which is split among the 32 teams — could see Apple with a contract projected to be worth around $15 million.

Since he was a very high pick, $9 million of that contract is expected to be guaranteed. Meaning, even if he gets cut or released, the team must pay him that amount of money.

Apple and his family will certainly see their bank accounts get a little larger in the coming months, but that didn't stop his mom from jokingly asking second overall pick Carson Wentz to borrow a few dollars on their flight back to Philadelphia.

She leaned over her seat and asked, "Hey Carson, can I hold $3?"" 

He turned back and laughed and said, "Ask Eli."

We'll see if Wentz still has that sense of humor when Apple is picking off the Eagles quarterback at the Meadowlands.


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